Filming would take place in February/March 2010 and the segment would air in March/April 2010.
“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 70 Walmart associates gave up a day off to give back to their community. These employees joined 90 other community volunteers to pack and sort the second-highest amount of food ever in a 3-hour Volunteer Experience, according to North Texas Food Bank Warehouse Coordinator Randy Gould.
Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Wal-Mart, Kellie Duhr, told KDAF that Walmart is the largest food donator in the United States, and that helping the North Texas Food Bank “just fits” with their business.
Associates that attended the event also signed a banner with their dreams for a better, hunger-free North Texas.
Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Food Bank, Colleen Brinkmann, told KDAF that Walmart was the “largest corporate supporter of Feeding America, our national hunger organization,” and that “they are a key supporter of the North Texas Food Bank, providing premier product through the Retail Food Pick-Up Program, as well as giving their time, and financial support which helps with the operations of the Food Bank.”
This dedicated group helped pack and sort 73,000 meals to go out to the 53,000 families that the North Texas Food Bank serves. These volunteers serve an especially crucial purpose in getting food out to families in our service area, and we thank Walmart for joining us on this Day of Service!
You can learn more about Walmart Gives Back at www.walmartgiving.com
May 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Events)
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2009
Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Buy your ticket to the hottest food and wine event of 2009 and help fight childhood hunger.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.
20 of the cities finest chefs will unite for a gastronomic, intimate seated event to end childhood hunger. The event is limited to 200 guests. Each table of ten will be assigned one chef for the evening to include four courses with wine pairings. The event also includes a premium cocktail reception and luxury gift bag for each guest in your party. This special evening will be rounded out with fabulous entertainment and an exceptional silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind trips, wine, culinary experiences and more.
Table Sponsorships are available for $5000 and $10,000, and individual tickets are now available.
Call Terri Provencal at 214.642.1124 for other exciting details about your sponsorship or tickets.
2009 Featured Restaurants:
Abacus ~ Bijoux ~ Cibus ~ Craft ~ Fearing’s ~ John Tesar of Fishtail by David Burke (NYC) Landmark Restaurant ~ Local ~ Nobu ~ Nonna ~ RJ Cooper of Vidalia (DC) ~ Salum ~ Sangria Tapas y Bar ~ Shinsei ~ Stephan Pyles ~ The French Room ~ York Street
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each spring, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at more than 45 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million.
In conjunction with the North Texas Food Bank, The Velvet Snout Canine Adventure Center, LLC in Richardson, TX. Kicks off its “Hungry Snout” Pet Food Donation Program on May 1st, 2009. The program is designed to help provide pet food donations to families that are suffering through tough economic times, and to stop more family pets from ending up in our local shelters.
Velvet Snout General Manager Diana Hall says “I think it’s important for us to remember that when we suffer hard economic times, our pets do too, and when people have to choose between feeding their families or their pets, often, many family pets end up at our already over-crowded shelters.” “The Hungry Snout Program just seemed like a logical alternative.” “In our business we hear far too many tragic stories where Mom or Dad have gotten laid off, and sadly are no longer able to afford to feed and care for their pets.” “ As a small business, we felt that we had to do something to help out where we could, so we decided a pet food donation program might offer a viable alternative for those pet owners who just need a little help.“
Starting May 1st, 2009, anyone who stops by The Velvet Snout and donates a new bag of pet food (unexpired and unopened) will be given a certificate for a free day of dog daycare as our way of saying thank you. The North Texas Food Bank has agreed to help get those donations to the people that need it. Velvet Snout Owner Laura Couch says “The Velvet Snout is going to run this program as long as there is a need for it.” “We really hope someday soon that there’s no longer a need, but for now, sadly, that’s just not the case.”
For additional information on how you can donate to the Hungry Snout Program please contact The Velvet Snout Canine Adventure Center at 972-907-3647, or visit our Website at http://www.thevelvetsnout.com.
January 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm (Events)
Tags: Barack Obama, Casey Lloyd, Corporation for National and Community Service, Dallas-based charity, Fair Park, hunger, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MediSend International, Michelle Obama, Mission Arlington, North Texas Food Bank, presidential inauguration, Roe's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Old East Dallas., Sunshine Club, volunteerism
11:07 PM CST on Thursday, January 15, 2009
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
Bryan French and some other regulars at the Sunshine Club, an Arlington bar, decided to answer the call of President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, to perform public service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
But when they went to a national Web site listing Martin Luther King Jr. Day service opportunities, they found none in Arlington.
So they thought up their own. They decided they would help a needy family with food, clothes, house repairs — whatever was most pressing. French listed their event on the Web site (usaservice.org), asking for volunteers.
“We figured we’d have the five of us, and maybe a couple of more,” he said.
But as of late this week, more than 70 people had signed up. Mission Arlington, a local charity, has agreed to identify at least one and possibly two families for the swelling group to help Monday.
“We think this is great,” said Tillie Burgin, executive director of Mission Arlington.
Across North Texas and the rest of the country, Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an occasion for service appears to be benefiting from the Obamas’ attention.
Since 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has had an official service emphasis — something requested by Coretta Scott King, wife of the slain civil-rights leader. Last year, about 5,000 projects, involving about 500,000 volunteers, were identified by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service as being related to the holiday.
This year, the Obamas have publicly appealed for volunteerism on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including in a video by Michelle Obama that has been widely e-mailed. And they have announced they will spend part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — the day before the presidential inauguration — doing as-yet-unspecified volunteer work in Washington, D.C.
With this year’s heightened publicity, about 7,200 Martin Luther King Jr. Day projects have been announced, and the number of volunteers could climb into the millions, said Sandy Scott, spokesman for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“We’re thrilled with the president-elect making service a centerpiece of his inauguration,” Scott said.
North Texas Food Bank and MediSend International, a Dallas-based charity, asked for help on the Web site. Both quickly got all they could handle. “We’re limited to 50 volunteers, and we had those in a heartbeat,” said Lou Ann York of MediSend, which provides medical equipment to hospitals in the world’s poorest countries.
Still looking for volunteers, but expecting a good turnout, is Erika Meredith, outreach committee president at Roe’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Old East Dallas. On Saturday morning, she’ll lead an effort to provide food and clothing to the homeless around Fair Park.
“It’s a good start for Obama to do this, and it also represents what Martin Luther King was about,” she said.
Passionate supporters of Obama and the Democratic Party seem to account for much of the bump in service activity.
Richard Harwood is a Democratic Party precinct chair in Carrollton, and he sees MLK Day service as a way of living out Democrats’ “party of the people” ideal. He’ll be among the volunteers at MediSend.
Casey Lloyd volunteered in the Obama campaign and decided to engage fellow East Dallas campaign workers with a drive to collect canned goods and money for the North Texas Food Bank. She said they’ve raised at least $2,500. “My entire living room is covered with canned goods,” she said.
On Monday night, she and her campaign friends will gather at The Wine Therapist tasting room in Lakewood to complete and celebrate their effort. They’ll be acknowledging MLK Day and the inauguration, but they’ll also be rekindling the camaraderie of the campaign.
“It’s kind of like coming home,” Lloyd said.
You can become involved, learn more here: www.ntfb.org/renewing-america-together/
WHAT: SEVEN POUNDS Red Carpet Premiere and Food Drive
WHO: Columbia Pictures, North Texas Food Bank, KKDA-FM & KRNB-FM
WHERE: Cinemark 17, 11819 Webb Chapel Rd. Dallas, TX 75234
WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
2:00 PM Begin accepting food donations & handing out wristbands to screening
5:00 PM Red Carpet call-time for press arrival / set up
6:00 PM Red Carpet arrivals (open to public)
7:00 PM Premiere Screening begins (must have wristband)
This event benefits the North Texas Food Bank. The public is invited to attend a premiere screening of Columbia Pictures’ new film, SEVEN POUNDS, starring Will Smith. Will Smith will be in attendance to walk the red carpet and thank the public for their donations. Each patron attending is being asked to donate one of the following non-perishable food items mentioned below to have a chance (ticket) to see the film. Red Carpet is open to the public; however, screening is private & limited to theatre capacity. Admission to screening is first come first served. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to event. All donations will go to the North Texas Food Bank to feed kids, feed families and feed seniors for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Seven (7!) Special Holiday Foods:
Pumpkin Pie Filling
October 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm (Events)
On Oct. 28, Dallas’ premiere poverty prevention organization, the Wilkinson Center, celebrated the opening of its new food pantry in the southeastern neighborhood of Dallas — Pleasant Grove.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by more than 150 friends and supporters of the Wilkinson Center, including elected offi cials and a representative from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services.
The event also featured the center’s first big donation from the Medical City Hospital, whose employees donated $192,441 toward much-needed services to the citizens of Pleasant Grove. Britt Berrett, President and CEO of Medical City Dallas Hospital, presented a special dedication on behalf of the more than 2,400 employees of the hospital who helped raise that large contribution.
Also donating that day was Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank, who presented the Wilkinson Center with a “Close the Gap Grant” for $20,000, the first to be issued by NTFB to a partnering agency. “Close the Gap” is the North Texas Food Bank’s three-year strategic plan to unite the community and narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually.
The Pleasant Grove center is located just North of I-30 at 3312 N. Buckner Boulevard with 4,000 square feet of highly visible space in a major retail hub where the Texas Workforce Commission and WIC offi ces anchor this shopping center. The bright and cheerful waiting room welcomes the families who previously had to travel distances of up to 14 miles for assistance at the Wilkinson Center’s Munger location. The Pleasant Grove location will offer clients a fullrange of services from basic necessities to adult education classes and case management. A Resource Center is Born North Texas residents not only get a new pantry, but a skills center The Wilkinson Center serves over 34,000 clients each year. Half of those served are children. One hundred percent of its programs serve low-income families for whom hunger is a reality and homelessness is always a possibility.
For more information about the center, visit http://www.wilkinsoncenter.org or call (800) 880-4988.